IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant Mains Exam Strategy


Dear Students, as the results of Preliminary Examinations of IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant, are already out, you all must be worried regarding your preparations for the RRB PO and Clerk Mains Examination. Before going for any competitive examination, one must always have an adequate knowledge of the syllabus, examination pattern, the changes introduced in the pattern of examination, and how one should plan his/her preparations in a way to do with the syllabus and the revision before the examination takes place. So, to let you crack this year's IBPS RRB Officer Scale-I and Office Assistant Mains Examination, Bankersadda is providing you all with a sound strategy.

The Mains Examination (Online Objective Test) for 200 marks, would be of TWO Hours duration and will consist of 5 sections as follows:

S. No. Name of the Test (not in sequence) No. of questions Max. Marks Version Duration
1. Test of Reasoning Ability 40 50 English/Hindi 120 minutes
2. Test of English/Hindi Language 40 40 English/Hindi
3. Test of General Awareness 40 40 English/Hindi
4. Test of Quantitative Aptitude/Numerical Ability 40 50 English/Hindi
5. Test of Computer Knowledge 40 20 English/Hindi

Quantitative Aptitude/ Numerical Ability Section Strategy for RRB Exam

The trick to scoring marks in Quantitative Aptitude Section is to attempt the questions on Quadratic Equations, Simplification and Approximation first and then going for Number Series. After having attempted all these questions efficiently, go for Data Interpretation. The remaining few questions will be based on miscellaneous topics like CI & SI, Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, etc. The expected number of questions on DI is 15, Number series is 5, Quadratic Equations is 5 and miscellaneous topics is 15. Try to do with the section within 39-41 minutes.

Reasoning Ability Section Strategy for RRB Exam

The trick to attempt the maximum number of questions in Reasoning Section in minimum time is to attempt the difficult puzzles in the end. The expected number of questions on puzzles and seating arrangement is 15-20. Start with the questions that are not in the form of puzzles, you can choose to start with the questions based on inequalities, direction and distance, syllogism, coding-decoding, alphanumeric series, and other random topics. Then try to start with puzzles that appear easy to be solved and proceed with moderate and difficult puzzles in a similar way. So, this is how you have to manage to attempt this section. Make sure you do not spend more than 28-30 minutes doing this section.

English Language Section Strategy for RRB Exam

The trick to scoring in English section can vary from one person to another depending on his/her strengths and weaknesses. If you are good at vocab and reading then attempt the reading comprehension first and proceed with Cloze Test and other miscellaneous topics like Error Detection, Para Jumbles, Phrase Replacement, Double Fillers, etc. But if you are good at grammar, attempt Reading Comprehension in the end. The Reading comprehension too should be attempted in a way that you attempt questions based on vocab and phrases first and then the questions that need a deep penetration through the paragraphs. The important topics for cloze test are subject verb agreement, preposition and verbs. These topics may help you some other questions too that will be based on grammar. So make sure that you have these topics on your finger tips when you are to attempt the examination.  Try to do with the section within 21-23 minutes.

Hindi Language Section Strategy for RRB Exam

The level of Hindi language was moderate in the previous year paper. The Hindi language is no doubt the most preferred language in our country as it is our mother tongue. Even most of the English Medium students prefer Hindi over the English language because they understand it well. Last year, candidates who opted for the Hindi Language scored more marks in the language section as compared to those who opted for the English Language as English Language test was comparatively difficult. So, you know yourself better, you know which subject you are good at, so, choose accordingly. Try to do with the section within 21-23 minutes.

General Awareness Section Strategy for RRB Exam

So much is happening every day that unless you keep yourself abreast of these changes you cannot adjust yourself to them or tackle the GA section of any exam smoothly and easily. A busy person hardly gets the time to read everything that it contains. This is why, to save your precious time, we provide you with an alternative that is our “Daily GK Update” (Available in both Hindi and English languages) that contains only the news that is important from the point of view of competitive examinations. It contains all the news that is likely to be asked in the IBPS RRB Mains  Examinations. Avoid the habit of ignoring everyday news telling yourself that you will do it in the end when the examinations are close, you only end up lying crushed under a pile of news. You can go through the Monthly Capsules provided by us for both Current Affairs as well as Banking Awareness, as only 25 days are left for the examination. Try to finish with this section in 15-17 minutes.

Computer Knowledge Section Strategy for RRB Exam

Computer Knowledge is a subject that many students are already familiar with. With practice and the right approach, this section can fetch you those much easily attainable marks. To score well in this section you need to know some technical aspect and proper definitions. An important point for you to consider is that this section has high cut off every year so try to have the key points all grasped. This section can prove to be very scoring as you do not have to invest much of time while solving the questions of this particular section. Do not invest more than 12-13 minutes on this section.

Best of luck!!



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